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Ga. Population Spikes 18.3%

Georgia's population grew by 18.3% in the last decade, to a total of 9,687,653 as of April 1, 2010. In 2000, Georgia's popluation stood at a total of more than 8.1 million. With the increase, Georgia gains one seat in Congress, to a new total of 14.

South Georgia Braces For Census Numbers

The US Census Bureau will announce population figures Tuesday that will determine seats in Congress. They'll also determine seats in Georgia's General Assembly. There's no doubt Southern Georgia will be at a distinct disadvantage going into redistricting.

Atlanta Accepts Airport Guns

Atlanta will not fight laws allowing permitted gun owners to carry into unsecured areas of Hartsfield- Jackson International Airport. A state law passed earlier this year allows weapons in curbside areas. But the measure was met by opposition from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

Savannah Nets Rural Development Funds

Governor Sonny Perdue has announced which rural areas are getting funds from this year's tobacco settlement money. And the big winner isn't rural at all. Metro Savannah gets the largest award in this year's grants from the One Georgia Authority. The grant will help Gulfstream Aerospace build a new facility that's designed to add 1,000 new jobs.

Deal Wants New Reservoirs

Governor-elect Nathan Deal wants the state to focus on building new reservoirs. Deal told lawmakers it should be a priority because a judge’s deadline is looming.

Deal Hints At Priorities

Governor Elect Nathan Deal did not have specifics when he spoke to lawmakers in Athens Tuesday, but he hinted at a few issues that will get his attention. Lawmakers know that come January they will be faced with balancing a budget that is more than one billion dollars short in a state that has almost 10 percent unemployment.

Two Stores Top 'Crime Guns' List

Two Georgia gun stores are among the nation’s top 10 sources for so-called “crime guns.” Georgia law requires gun-buyers to be free of felonies, a state resident, produce a valid ID, and pass a background check.

State Dems Lose Another To GOP

Middle Georgia lawmaker James “Bubber” Epps Monday became the latest Democrat to jump ship to the state Republican Party. He is the eighth to do so since the general election. Kennesaw State political scientist Kerwin Swint says these moves aren’t philosophical or ideological.

Graves Won't Back Port Earmark

Fresh off his appointment to the powerful US House Appropriations Committee, Georgia Republican Congressman Tom Graves says, his anti-earmark pledge applies even to harbor deepening. State officials consider the half-billion-dollar project to deepen the Port of Savannah critical for job creation. But in his first week since being named to the House panel that oversees federal spending, Graves says, he will put the nation's interest first.

Deal Could Cut Corporate Tax

Growing jobs in Georgia is the centerpiece of Governor-elect Nathan Deal’s plan to fix the state’s economy. But one idea—a cut to the corporate tax rate—is getting plenty of debate.

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